Suarez struggles with command vs Astros: 'I'll keep looking at film and figure it out'

Suarez struggles with command vs Astros: 'I'll keep looking at film and figure it out'

HOUSTON -- Several times, while discussing Andrew Suarez's command issues, manager Bruce Bochy mentioned that the lefty is young. Bochy will be heartened, then, to know that Suarez is not too young to understand when you need to go back to the drawing board.

"I just wasn't very good today," the 25-year-old said quietly after an 11-2 loss to the Astros.

Suarez knows what the issue is. He missed repeatedly to his glove side, leaving fastballs and sliders across the heart of the plate against a tough and deep lineup. After giving up five runs in four innings, Suarez went to the film room. He's hoping to fix the mechanical flaw before his next start, a tough assignment at Coors Field.

"I'm jumping toward the plate instead of staying back," he said. "I'll keep looking at film and figure it out."

There wasn't much else for the Giants to look back at on the first of two tough nights in Houston. The bullpen was rocked, turning this one into a blowout, but even Suarez's damage would have been enough against Gerritt Cole. The longtime Pirate has taken the leap since a trade to the Astros, and the Giants managed just two runs off him in six innings. They came off the bat of Brandon Crawford, his brother-in-law, and the hottest hitter in the majors this month. 

Crawford's shot went the opposite way in the fourth inning and landed in the appropriately named Crawford Boxes in left. He had taken a peak in at Cole after a bloop single early, but kept his head down on the homer. In the stands, his father stifled a grin as he recorded the action with his cell phone. Amy Cole, Brandon's sister, was sitting right there. Told that his father seemed to enjoy the moment, Brandon smiled. 

"I'm sure he enjoyed that more than my sister," he said. 

Connor Joe reveals first reaction when traded to Giants from Reds

Connor Joe reveals first reaction when traded to Giants from Reds

Ever since he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, Connor Joe has been working to get to the big leagues.

It appears the San Diego native will finally get that shot. A trade from the Reds to the Giants may have smashed open the door for Joe.

"It was exciting," Joe told KNBR 680 on Saturday when asked what his initial reaction was to the trade. "I was thrilled for the opportunity to get back with a team on the West Coast ... that's closer to home is an amazing opportunity for me."

Joe attended Poway High School in San Diego, and then went to the University of San Diego. The Pittsburgh Pirates used the No. 39 overall draft pick on Joe in 2014 and then traded him to Atlanta in August of 2017 for Sean Rodriguez. A month later, the Braves shipped him to the Dodgers. This past December, the Reds claimed Joe in the Rule 5 draft.

Then the trade to the Giants happened on Thursday.

Joe knows San Francisco well. During his time in the West Coast Conference, Joe made plenty of trips to the Bay Area to face the University of San Francisco, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. He told KNBR's Marty Lurie that his sister lives in San Francisco, and that he traveled up state with his dad for the 2007 MLB All-Star Game.

"It's a great city, I love it," Joe said. "It's a little different speed than I'm used to in San Diego, but I'm really excited to be there and really excited for this opportunity."

The 2018 season was a breakout campaign for the 26-year-old. After hitting just 11 home runs his first three minor league seasons, Joe crushed 17 home runs last season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, and finished the year with a .299/.408/.527 slash line.

What led to the improved play?

"For me, I think the biggest thing was allowing my athletic abilities to come out and not being trapped in a certain way that people wanted me to be," Joe said. "So, I told myself to be athletic in the box, out in the field and saw really positive results from that."

One of the aspects that made Joe attractive to the Giants is his versatility. He has experience at first base, third base, left field and right field. But he doesn't have a preferred position.

"I can't tell you what I am," Joe said. "I'm a baseball player. It's something I've done throughout my career, starting in college, so I'm used to bouncing around from game to game, even inning to inning."

Things can change in a hurry, but considering that the Giants acquired him a week before Opening Day, it's safe to say they envision him on the roster.

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Guess where the Giants open the 2019 season? Yep. San Diego.

Imagine if Joe is able to make his major league debut in his hometown in front of his family. What a story that would be.

MLB rumors: Giants trade for Michael Reed from Twins for John Andreoli


MLB rumors: Giants trade for Michael Reed from Twins for John Andreoli

The Giants aren't done making moves.

The team traded outfielder John Andreoli to the Twins for outfielder Michael Reed as NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported on Saturday.

Reed played in just seven games last year with the Braves, hitting .286/.286/.286 -- the man, if anything, is consistent. 

But across 53 games in Triple-A, he boasted a .363 batting average with seven home runs and 25 RBI. 

Obviously, his big league numbers are at a very small sample size, but those numbers in the International League seem promising. 

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The Giants released both Cameron Maybin and Matt Joyce over the last 24 hours. The team acquired Michael Yastrzemski on Saturday to help bolster the outfield and provide more bodies for an empty situation -- that appears to be the trend with bringing Reed to the team.